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Pressure on Syria rebels to join talks

Statesman News Service |

Damascus, 21 October: Western and Arab diplomats today will try to build support
for proposed Syrian peace talks next month imperilled by rifts among the Opposition, which may refuse to attend.
Opposition group has postponed internal meetings to early November, a member said today. “Our political committee and general assembly meetings in Istanbul have been postponed till the start of November,” said National Coalition member Samir Nashar.
Government warplanes meanwhile launched strikes on areas southeast of Damascus today after rebels seized key regime positions there, while troops pressed their onslaught on the besieged suburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham, a watchdog said. US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet Arab League representatives in Paris later
today ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the Opposition and its Western and Arab backers.     AFP